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Song of the Week
    2018-03-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

“An Acre of Land”

PJ Harvey

My father left me an acre of land

Sing ivy, sing ivy

My father left me an acre of land

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

I plowed it with a ram’s horn

Sing ivy, sing ivy

And sowed it all over with one peppercorn

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing ivy

I harrowed it with a team of rats

Sing ivy, sing ivy

And reaped it with my little tooth comb

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

I sent it home in a walnut shell

Sing ivy, sing ivy

And thrashed it with a goose’s quill

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing holly, go whistle and ivy

Sing ivy

Background

“An Acre of Land” sees PJ Harvey teaming up with film composer Harry Escott for a composition that recalls a more pastoral take on the Gothic sound of her 2007 album “White Chalk.” As on that album, here Harvey sings about wildflowers and windswept moors over plucking notes on a zither* and a lone-strumming* guitar. But she does so in her natural vocal register*, a difference that makes “An Acre of Land” exponentially warmer than anything on “White Chalk.”

The song was written for “Dark River,” Clio Bernard’s socio-realist psychodrama* about a pair of siblings trying to heal the wounds of the past as they come together to take over their late parents’ farm. The song is lovely, if also rather bleak.

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